Movie Magic
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Just stumbled upon this cache of episodes of the show Movie Magic. A behind the scenes look at various aspects of movie production and special effects from a few years ago. Check out episode 9 “From micro-processor to the big screen!!!” Very high tech, if only they knew we would be watching them on the information super-highway.

Check out all 12 episodes! via SlashFilm

75 RESPONSES TO "MOVIE MAGIC"
January 10th, 2011 @ 1:55 pm
WOW! I remember watching this when i was about 12 or 13. Now that i work with post production brings me tears.
Saleem
January 10th, 2011 @ 1:55 pm
1st gud vid keep it up
January 10th, 2011 @ 1:56 pm
I love the pre-CGI era.
People got so creative
Arnold
January 10th, 2011 @ 2:01 pm
I love Movie Magic! Some of the behind-the-scenes plays back in my head EVERY TIME I watch certain movies (i.e., Hocus Pocus, Independence Day, etc)
David Duvall
January 10th, 2011 @ 2:02 pm
I love watching star wars when i was little and couldn't for the life of me figure out why there were semi-transparent boxes around the star ships. when i asked my friends, they didn't notice or cared, then i knew i was destined to work on special effects. Motion Controlled cameras really got to me, the fact a 3 foot model could be made to look 100's of feet longer struck a chord.
AxelW
January 10th, 2011 @ 2:02 pm
Well, this is something to watch!
Love CGI!!!!
January 10th, 2011 @ 2:03 pm
Hahaha oh this is classic! I remember watching these films! Now things are so much better! :D I can do all that old stuff almost!

Mostly..

-Sam
    January 10th, 2011 @ 2:29 pm
    Haha oh has John Lassiter changed! :D
Armando Rivera
January 10th, 2011 @ 2:04 pm
This is great. Creative people doing what they do best.
Max
January 10th, 2011 @ 2:07 pm
THANK YOU FOR POSTING THIS!!! Wow this is the very show i watched that got me into film making. Ahh good memories.
timmy
January 10th, 2011 @ 2:14 pm
oh mannnnn!

i used to watch this at my parents spring home ...brings back a lot of memories!
January 10th, 2011 @ 2:15 pm
I remember monsters. Godzilla, Ray Harryhausen, Phil Tippet, ILM. Puppets, armatures, foam rubber, endless hours w/ a camera or hand painting mattes. There have been advances, but there have been some losses too. The tactile input. Physical models. maquettes. There were always prelim sculpts done for creature dev. Always thought that was cool. I had some internships early on and got to experience a lot of that. We shouldn't lose that w/ the advent of Zbrush & the push towards digital. Just one Grunts' opinion.
    Shawn
    January 11th, 2011 @ 6:25 am
    Harryhausen = my hero. I was 5 or 6 when I saw his stuff, learned his name, and dreamed of making special effects. So cool.

January 10th, 2011 @ 2:31 pm
Cutting edge advanced motion graphics, eh? Super main frame advanced state of the art stuff.
January 10th, 2011 @ 3:06 pm
I totally remember staying up too late to watch re-runs of Movie Magic!

My best memories include the episode that explored the effects of Jason and the Argonauts "Skeleton Fight" as well as Terminator 2 and Phil Tippett with Jurassic Park. Amazing inspiration that actually is probably the #1 influence in my interest in film and visual effects production.
Tim
January 10th, 2011 @ 3:24 pm
This is AWESOME haha
January 10th, 2011 @ 3:34 pm
Very nice. awesome that there happened so much in the film-industry. what will there be in 10 years?!? ^^ :)
Oz
January 10th, 2011 @ 4:16 pm
haha 4:54 he clicks it at the cat. "we dont want the paw" classic
James
January 10th, 2011 @ 5:12 pm
These videos are what got me into visual and special effects.
viznoman
January 10th, 2011 @ 6:01 pm
This makes me wonder what those guys did when they saw Avatar the first time. That would be priceless.
bwoogie
January 10th, 2011 @ 7:10 pm
I remember this show! always fun to watch! thanks for posting :)
Fawaz
January 10th, 2011 @ 7:19 pm
Hey Andrew I think you have a type you have a typo "Just stumbled upon this cache of episodes of the show Move Magic." Move needs to be changed to movie.
David
January 10th, 2011 @ 9:44 pm
Little did Rhythm and Hues (and Chris Bailey) realize that one day they'd be doing the same thing with chipmunks. Same stuff, better quality. (CGI)
amalan
January 10th, 2011 @ 9:54 pm
WOW! thanks for posting
January 10th, 2011 @ 10:02 pm
Thank you Andrew. I need some more inspiration like yourself.
January 10th, 2011 @ 10:29 pm
wow! awesome =)
TomK
January 10th, 2011 @ 10:29 pm
I recall calling the shows exec producer (gary benz) and interviewing him for my college newspaper. Must have been a small office, because I didn't ask for HIM, I just asked the receptionist for someone to speak to for an interview of a production company.
Nelson
January 10th, 2011 @ 10:37 pm
Interesting to notice that the commercial "Sexy Robot" was out in 1982 (10:17), and the images of the robots in production lines (12:25) about the same time, might have been important influences to James Cameron's that -interesting- had the idea for the "Terminator" franchise in the same year. One just might wonder...
January 10th, 2011 @ 10:51 pm
Awesome Mr. Kramer : )
January 10th, 2011 @ 11:23 pm
hey Kramer,many thanks for posting
January 10th, 2011 @ 11:48 pm
its o retro. Love it. Great find. I think i can remeber this.
January 10th, 2011 @ 11:56 pm
In few years we'll be in tears watching current "Science of Movies" from DiscoverySc about all this "so retro" zBrush/iMax/AE etc :) Thanks for posting !
Kris
January 11th, 2011 @ 12:05 am
Does anyone know where I could find the rest of these?
opcsi
January 11th, 2011 @ 1:16 am
Woooooooooooooooow!
I have this series on VHS :D:D:D I was able to record about 30 episodes in 1997. The best series about special effects!
redrum
January 11th, 2011 @ 1:30 am
Gotta love it. The intro was creepy and great at the same time :D
Luigi
January 11th, 2011 @ 3:43 am
Gente che si e' fatta le ossa ! Veterani e Maestri :D
DraygonZero
January 11th, 2011 @ 5:24 am
Funny, around the time Hocus Pocus was being made, way better movies such as Terminator 2 and Jurassic Park were being made. Too bad they didnt get to cover those movies.
January 11th, 2011 @ 5:39 am
it is so much easier today for us because of people like them. see how he has to put in commands on the keyboard just to switch betwenn windows or views. incredible. those guys were amazing.
Shawn
January 11th, 2011 @ 6:22 am
Great bit of history you've shared with us, Andrew. Thanks. I like the "The we remove the cat's head - digitally, OF COURSE!" ;)

Thanks again.
Dman
January 11th, 2011 @ 9:44 am
Hah. I used to watch this show religiously when I was a kid!

In some ways, I feel like computers have ruined a lot the ingenuity these guys had to have by solely relying on virtual methods nowadays. Alas.
Ale
January 11th, 2011 @ 10:28 am
it´s protected by magic!
January 11th, 2011 @ 10:40 am
LOL I used to record this show religiously every Saturday on my vcr. This was one of the only ways to see behind the scenes a long time ago. Before DVD there weren't many ways to see this stuff. I think I still have all of these buried away somewhere. I feel old now... I think I'm going to hang myself in a cgi closet.
JP
January 11th, 2011 @ 11:12 am
EPIC find. Loved this show back in the day!
Hope you had a happy new year Andrew!
David
January 11th, 2011 @ 11:36 am
Andrew Kramer: CGI Wizard!
January 11th, 2011 @ 12:17 pm
What a great find. I remember these. As I was watching the life-casting process I started wondering about the 3D printers now. Are they scanning faces now and printing them out? Sure would be more comfortable than having to sit through that process.
January 11th, 2011 @ 3:26 pm
its protected by magic
Craig
January 11th, 2011 @ 4:39 pm
Interesting to see how far we have come. Take a look at these movie greenscreen comps.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a21_WMiTAVE&feature=related
January 11th, 2011 @ 9:19 pm
Great find, Andrew! Thanks so much. I loved these shows so much and it's wonderful to see young, thin John Lasseter again.
January 11th, 2011 @ 9:59 pm
And to think I am commenting about all this on my mobile phone. Things have sure come a long way since optical printing.
Chris
January 11th, 2011 @ 9:59 pm
To bad that shot @ 2:53 is not from Deep Space Nine, but in The Next Generation.
January 12th, 2011 @ 6:13 am
Awesome stuff, thanks for sharing.
Niall Carlin
January 12th, 2011 @ 6:44 am
I loved this show! it got me into visual effects! Its the best job ever... Thanks andrew
Nikolas
January 12th, 2011 @ 10:01 am
Advanced technology that I don't even know! WOW!
Dwayne Riner
January 12th, 2011 @ 1:13 pm
I remember this exact episode. I used to love watching this series. They need to bring this back.
Sonicondor
January 12th, 2011 @ 2:27 pm
John Lasseter looks way young.
Chris
January 12th, 2011 @ 8:54 pm
I loved this show!!!! Thanks dude!
January 13th, 2011 @ 7:40 am
Anyone else played Mass Effect 1 or 2?? The announcer's voice is the same from the Codex in it!
    Tim K
    January 16th, 2011 @ 4:47 am
    BINGO! Yep, he has that "announcery" voice (I know that's not a word). Good catch Miguel! I love the Codex, it pulls you that much more into the game. Mass Effect (1 or 2) is one of the best games to come out in a long time.

    Thanks for posting this A.K., brings back a lot of memories .. and some cringes as to what they/we had to go through "back in the day". A LOT of patience.
    January 17th, 2011 @ 8:53 am
    I know Tim, The Codex makes the game feel so much real!! I have great memories of watching Movie Magic back when I was in elementary school!
January 13th, 2011 @ 8:04 am
Andrew this is by far one of the best article ever posted on videcopilot. Not only you teach but you also share knowledge.

Good lookin out!
Chi
January 17th, 2011 @ 6:08 am
It's amazing how far things have come in such a short time. It makes me wonder where we'll be in 10 - 20 years.
Steven
January 20th, 2011 @ 8:33 pm
I was sad when they stopped airing this. lol.
Filip [Poland]
January 27th, 2011 @ 4:43 am
1993 - my Birth Day... I'm sooo old ;]
January 30th, 2011 @ 9:30 am
That was pretty fun to watch! We have come a loooong way. I remember watching Hocus Pocus as a youngin. Thanks for sharing!
mike
January 31st, 2011 @ 6:38 am
Anyone knows where we could find all episodes
Sudipto
February 3rd, 2011 @ 9:48 pm
Gr8!!it's so useful
February 7th, 2011 @ 11:22 pm
I remember watching this when I was a kid. I never thought I'd be doing anything like this, but well I started my own graphic design company and there was a need for cinematography and motion graphics work in my area. So we expanded. The tutorials I've watched here added to other tutorials and my brief time on a couple low budget movie sets have helped me immensely. It's good to look back and see when the technology has evolved from. Plus even though the tech is somewhat outdated, you can still learn some tricks if you pay close attention. Thank you for posting this.
February 11th, 2011 @ 10:46 pm
Inspiring stuff, people actually did 3d scanning, motion capture, cloth simulation, match-moving, fur render, face rigging and God knows what else back those days, and methods haven't really changed. To say more, this shot with basketball backboard and one with bath (not to mention some can scenes) are close to photo real, and those polar bears are pretty impressive too. Those who say they laughing looking at that and those who think they can do all this stuff easy at home, obviously don't know what they're talking about.
February 12th, 2011 @ 2:33 pm
I often wonder what would happen if we could advanced as quickly in politics and human relations as we have in technology. Seriously, this is mind blowing stuff and it's from the 90s! I am amazed by the amount of detail they put into crafting that cats head; to build an entire model and then trace it with a magnetic pen. Who thinks of these things? And those computers? Is that a 486? Memories...
April 7th, 2011 @ 11:11 am
I used to LOVE that show.!
Dan
April 15th, 2011 @ 9:08 am
Oh, man awesome video.
Remember how badly my dream was to make VFX during teen years after seeing Jurassic Park.
Went into Computer Games art instead, but wake some old dreams when seeing that video. Robert Legato was my hero;o)

Just stumpled upon your site Andrew, absolutely Freakin awesome!
Gotta start learning AE!

Cheers.
Dan
April 17th, 2011 @ 1:07 pm
amazing!!! thanks Andrew
D3FO3
May 10th, 2011 @ 10:48 pm
This saved me from drinking my ass off tonight.
Thanks man.
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